PROFESSOR BLACK – LVPVS, Sunrise, I Am The Rock (Album Reviews)

PROFESSOR BLACK – LVPVS, Sunrise, I Am The Rock (Album Reviews)

Chris Black, the brains behind the fabulous high-octane power metallers High Spirits is back, but to be honest, I really don’t think he’s been away. Black is using the monicker Professor Black for his current project which encompasses no less than three new full length releases via High Roller Records in October. I have no idea if Chris Black is a real professor but he’s clearly clever and creative enough to warrant the tag. The…

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VANDALLUS – Bad Disease (Album Review)

VANDALLUS – Bad Disease (Album Review)

Although the initial offering from Ohio’s Vandallus arrived in 2016, the band was unknown to me. That debut release, On The High Side, delivered by High Roller Records, completely slipped me by. Perhaps even more notable is that Vandallus contain members of thrash band Midnight. From Midnight, Shaun Vanek (guitars and vocals), and Steve Dukuslow (drums) hold down Vandallus as well. Rounding out the Vandallus camp is Jason Vanek (vocals, guitar), with Tyler Harvey (Deadiron)…

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SATAN – Cruel Magic (Album Review)

SATAN – Cruel Magic (Album Review)

“Are you familiar with Satan? No not the ruler of the Underworld but the band. Yes, there’s a band with that, perhaps very unfortunately so, choice of name that may have helped to contain them in obscurity for much of their career.” I wrote that as my opening line when reviewing SATAN – Atom By Atom in 2015. I stand by it now, approximately three years later. That very Atom By Atom release saw placement…

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DREAM PATROL – Phantoms of the Past (Album Review)

DREAM PATROL – Phantoms of the Past (Album Review)

As a kid, I remember being excited to head over to my buddy’s house and watch restricted movies. Usually, action and/or horror films were the genres of choice and the A Nightmare On Elm Street series was a popular one. Receiving the album promo for DREAM PATROL – Phantoms Of The Past and reading that those films inspired their choice of moniker intrigued. DREAM PATROL – Info With band members from USA, Slovakia, Austria and…

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SLASH with MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream (Album Review)

SLASH with MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream (Album Review)

Living the dream, one track at a time… Slash‘s output during his tenure as Guns ‘n Roses’s lead guitarist is probably my least favourite of everything he has put his name to, with the exception being the masterpiece that is Appetite for Destruction. When he released his first Slash’s Snake Pit album It’s 5 ‘O Clock Somewhere way back in 1995, I personally thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. From there, after…

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THE UNITY – Rise (Album Review)

THE UNITY – Rise (Album Review)

The Unity is a band created by ex-Gamma Ray members, drummer Michael Ehre and guitarist Henjo Richter. The rest of the band members are comprised of former Ehre band Love.Might.Kill. They include singer Giamba Manenti, guitarist Stef E., bassist Jogi Sweers, and keyboardist Sasha Onnen. Formed in 2016 Rise is The Unity‘s second release on SPV/Steamhammer records. Rise is comprised of 13 tracks on the regular release. The deluxe version has an additional six tracks. Three live…

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HITTEN – Twist of Fate (Album Review)

HITTEN – Twist of Fate (Album Review)

Viva Espanola! I’m not familiar with the work of Spanish metallers Hitten prior to Twist of Fate. I understand they issued a couple of EPs and two full-length albums, (First Strike with the Devil and State of Shock). The latter long-player, the fruit of their partnership with High Roller Records. Not bad for a band who only began life in 2011, I say. The sophomore album saw a marked improvement on the band’s rather naïve…

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DARK AGE – The Studio Albums (Retrospective)

DARK AGE – The Studio Albums (Retrospective)

Germany’s finest Death Metal band, Dark Age, have flown under the wire.  We salute these heroes with an introduction and subsequent review of all their studio albums to date.  Currently on hiatus, their last two albums were released by AFM Records. WHO ARE DARK AGE? In 1994, Eike Freese (vocals/guitar), André Schumann (drums) and Oliver Fliegel (bass) formed a Death Metal band called Dyer’s Eve in Germany. One year later, the name was changed to…

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MAX WEBSTER – High Class in Borrowed Shoes (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MAX WEBSTER – High Class in Borrowed Shoes (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

This time around, the topic of conversation as heard and experienced through “That 70’s Guy” is 1977’s Max Webster’s High Class in Borrowed Shoes. Oh man, where do I start with this iconic Canadian masterpiece? Let’s just start with saying that any young Canadian rock fan back in 1977 was rocking out to this album. I thought I would share it on my Retro Review and allow others around the globe to gain some insight…

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BLUE OYSTER CULT – Secret Treaties (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Secret Treaties (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

It’s time for another spin around the turntable with “That 70’s Guy – Retro Review”. This hidden gem is none other than Secret Treaties by Blue Oyster Cult. Yes, BOC are the farthest thing from a one hit wonder or a forgotten unknown act but, like most popular bands, I feel some of the best albums are the least popular and get little recognition. Secret Treaties is one of them. This album was my first…

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